About Rehoboth Beach
Welcome to Rehoboth Beach! Our one square mile community is located in the mid-Atlantic and is the largest beach resort in the State of Delaware. Known as the “Nation's Summer Capital”, our town was historically branded as the get-a-way of choice for beach goers from Washington, D.C. Now, our beach town hosts visitors from all over the country, and the world. Many of our award winning town events have expanded later into the year. Rehoboth Beach is now known as a year round vacation destination for business and pleasure.
Whether you are visiting or one of our many lucky local residents, the City of Rehoboth Beach is here to serve you! Browse our website for more information, or call us directly at 302-227-6181.
The History of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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The earliest settlers to this area were Native Americans who traveled to the beach in the summer months to enjoy the cool breezes and abundant seafood. Between 1650 and 1675, English and Dutch settlers put down roots here as the area became home to farmers and members of William Penn's earliest legislatures. Later owners participated in the American War of Independence.
According to information from the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, in 1872, Reverend Robert W. Todd of St. Paul's M.E. Church in Wilmington visited a Camp Meeting area on the Jersey Shore. He soon pursued the idea of starting a camp area here on the Delaware coast. In 1873, on 414 acres purchased from local farmers, the Rehoboth Camp Meeting Association was formed.
The grounds were laid out in a fan-shaped design with wide streets, parks and specific building lots. That design remains largely intact today.
While the Association discontinued its formal meetings by 1881, other groups utilized the site for services until about the turn on the 20th century. In 1891, Delaware's General Assembly established a municipality for the territory, naming it Henlopen City. In 1891, it was renamed Rehoboth Beach.
The Boardwalk, now a mile long, was originally built in 1873 on high ground between the beach and Surf Avenue, which ran the full length of the ocean front. Many storms have changed the configuration over the years; but in 1879, the original Henlopen Hotel was built on the site now occupied by a hotel of the same name.
With the coming of the railroad - which ran right down Rehoboth Avenue, the second block of Baltimore Avenue became the new center of camp meetings and city life. Many of the original tent houses (small one-room buildings surrounding a center structure) were moved there with new ones constructed as well.
In 1925, a paved highway was completed from Georgetown to Rehoboth Beach. It helped link the resort with the paved roads towards Washington, D.C.; and many legislators, diplomats and government employees began to visit and vacation here. It wasn't long before Rehoboth Beach came to be known as the "Nation's Summer Capital".
From it's beginnings as a spiritual center to the public's embracing of the seacoast as a mecca for leisure activity, Rehoboth Beach has developed as a close-knit seaside town. It's a nod to the past that the city's present day charter includes words that are nearly identical to several words from the 1872 charter of the Camp Meeting Association: "the maintenance of a permanent seaside resort and the furnishing of proper conveniences and attractions requisite to the same."
Downtown Rehoboth Beach came of age in the era of Victorian influences and evolved throughout the 20th century to change with the times. Both the residential and commercial area, despite their growth and maturation, have retained the warm and friendly charm and ambiance that reflect Rehoboth Beach's historic past.
ocals and guests to the City of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware claim our quaint and charming mile long boardwalk as one of the City's best attractions. Flanked by eclectic shops, restaurants, business and family amusements, the boardwalk is one of the reasons Rehoboth Beach was named " The Best Family Beach on the East Coast ."
A few examples of recent honors:
- " One of the Nation's 10 Great Coastal Boardwalks ", Coastal Living Magazine
- " America's Best Boardwalk ", American Profile Magazine
- "Top U.S. Boardwalks", National Geographic Magazine
Rehoboth Beach is no longer a one season resort. Throughout the year, our boardwalk is a backdrop for festivals and events, fitness competitions or just a daily stroll by foot or bike.
The City of Rehoboth Beach is an exciting city, rich in history with unlimited possibilities for the future. From our vibrant downtown businesses and charming neighborhoods to our tree-lined streets, parks and lakes. The city is home to a blend of cultures and traditions that make up the unique fabric of our community. Despite our small size, just one-square-mile, we are the largest beach community in Delaware. It's no surprise that the city has been selected time and time again as one of America's best small coastal towns.
City government is constantly working to improve the overall quality of life in our community. We are committed to public safety, strong neighborhoods, and economic growth. These goals are reflected in our daily decisions as well as on our website. Built on a foundation of rich history and entrepreneurial spirit, we are a city that continues to move forward and thrive. Whether you live in the city, are doing business in the city, or visiting, you will soon see why Rehoboth Beach is full of possibilities and friendly people.
I am proud to serve as mayor of one of the greatest cities in America. I want to thank you for visiting cityofrehoboth.com , and I hope you enjoy your visit as you explore our amazing city.
Thank you for your interest in arranging your next function with The City of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Located just three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown resort district. We are just a short walk to hotels, shops and amazing restaurants and eateries and offer many complimentary amenities, including WIFI!
Whether your event is for business or leisure, our dedicated staff is committed to make your experience a successful one from start to finish. We look forward to working with you!